Legendary Korean director ImKwon-taek's 100th film has been acquired by France's Wild Bunch forinternational sales. The drama's working title is Cheonnyeonhak and will be ready in 2007.
Wild Bunch acquired the filmfrom new Korean production powerhouse Prime Entertainment. Prime, which ishandling sales itself on other titles, has bought production entities CoreaEntertainment and LJ Film in the past year. The company's aim is to rival CJEntertainment, the media division of Korean conglomerate CJ Corporation andrecently plucked former CJ executive S.H. Shin to help speed Primealong.
The decision to hand salesover to Wild Bunch on the Im Kwon-taek film was made, according to Prime'sHyang Choi, so that the film will have the biggest international impact possible.
Representatives of thecompany are in town with five titles and a productionline-up thatincludes Julia Project (workingtitle). The epic drama is based on the story of Julia Mullock who married thelast prince of Korea's Joseon Dynasty. The film is co-produced with FocusFeatures' James Schamus and will be completed in 2007.
Also on the slate is KwakJae-yong's My Mighty Princess, aromantic comedy from the director of My Sassy Girl, The Classic and Windstruck. Prime is also in Cannes to acquire films for distribution butChoi said she hadn't seen anything interesting so far. 'We camewith a lot of money but we can't find anything to buy,' she said.